Think globally, Sitharaman tells defence shipyards

first_imgDefence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday urged Defence Ministry shipyards not to constantly seek equipment manufacturing contracts from the ministry, and to explore global markets as well.She was speaking at the launch of an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) of the Indian Coast Guard manufactured by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), a public sector undertaking, at Mormugao port. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ call is not just aimed at manufacturing for local markets, but also to promote India as a defence equipment manufacturing hub for a global market,” she said. “There should definitely be an approach of competing globally. You have a market everywhere where the Defence Minister of India or the Commerce Minister of India goes out.” The Defence Minister said there is immense interest in buying equipment such as offshore patrol vessels and speedboats to guard borders from India. She announced that the OPV launched on Thursday would be named Sachet. Cmde. B.B. Nagpal, chairman and managing director, GSL, and Rajendra Singh, Director General of the Indian Coast Guard, were among those present. Sachet is the first of five OPVs being built by GSL for the Coast Guard. The 105-metre-long OPV, with a displacement of 2,350 tonnes at full load and endurance of 600 nautical miles, is expected to patrol and police the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone.last_img read more

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Startups Hiring Foreign Professionals Due to Dearth of Artificial Intelligence Talent in India

first_imgWhy are Indian startups looking for talent abroad? Well, the answer to this is the dearth of homegrown professionals on the ground with knowledge of UI/UX (user interface/user experience), artificial intelligence, machine learning, reports The Economic Times.Industry experts are of the opinion that roles in data science and data engineering are not typically part of the curriculum of Indian colleges.Read it at Money Control Related Itemslast_img

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Mighty Sports faces Magnolia in tuneup ahead of Dubai tilt

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Ateneo overwhelms UV to win 2018 PCCL title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “Though a win is a win, we still have a lot of work to do,” Tiu said after beating the Elite.“In a scale of 10, we’re still at level 5,” said Tiu, the younger brother of former Rain or Shine star Chris.  “We need to reach 7 or 8 before we leave for Dubai. The tournament there is very tough.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Dubai tilt tips off on February 1 with Mighty Sports in for a grind against some of the toughest clubs from Jordan, Lebanon and UAE.Alex Wongchuking, who co-owns the team with younger brother Caesar, is looking forward to a much better finish this time after the team blew several opportunities in its first foray in the annual tournament two years ago. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “I’ll be happier if we can reach the semis this time,” said Wongchuking. “That’s our goal and I’m confident coach Charles, coach Jong (Uichico), coach Woody (Co) and coach Dean (Castano) can bring out the best from Lamar (Odom) and the rest of the team.”Justine Brownlee, the Barangay Ginebra resident import, is expected to lead Mighty Sports. Apart from Brownlee,  former NBA star Lamar Odom and Chinese Basketball Association veteran Randolph Morris will also beef up the squad.Odom, who won two titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010, has already joined the team after arriving in Manila on Wednesday.The team is also looking to get a lift from Fil-American prospects Jeremiah Gray and Roosevelt Adams and ex-pros Ty Tang, Joseph Yeo, Jett Manuel and Gab Banal as well as college stars Juan Gomez Di Liaño of University of the Philippines and College of St. Benilde’s Justin GutangADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Mighty Sports coach Charles Tiu feels his team is still far from where it wants to be less than a week before plunging into action in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament.Mighty Sports is coming off a win over the Blackwater Elite in an exhibition game but Tiu wants to see more from his wards when it faces the Magnolia Hotshots in another tuneup set on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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LD INDOUS 3

first_imgTerming terrorism as a “key challenge to the internationalTerming terrorism as a “key challenge to the international community, and the foremost threat to international peace and security”, Swaraj noted that there was a “meeting of minds” on this issue between the two sides.Asserting that they have interacted with Pakistan in one way or the other, Kerry said, “I have recently spoke to the Prime Minister and General Raheel Sharif regarding the need for Pakistan to deprive any group sanctuaries…”It is well known that the Haqqani network and others operated out of the western part of the country. LeT, we all know and we all spoken out against had an impact on India, directly.”It is vital that Pakistan join with other nations in tackling this challenge, and in fairness, in recent weeks and months they have been moving more authoritatively.”Todays Dialogue comes in the backdrop of unrest in Kashmir with India alleging Pakistans involvement in it.Apart from counter-terrorism, the two sides during the Dialogue, which was also co-chaired by Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, discussed issues of commercial, regional and international interests.Asked by an American journalist about the tension between India and Pakistan and when the dialogue between the two will resume, Swaraj made it clear that “terror and talks will not go hand in hand”.She said India remained ready to have talks with Pakistan but there were legitimate expectations that it will act against terror groups which were carrying out attacks against India including the Pathankot one. “And the talks can only resume if these expectations were met,” she added.advertisementKerry had earlier met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval during which issue of Pak-sponsored terrorism was discussed.India and the US also agreed to restart a three-way dialogue with Afghanistan next month on the sidelines of the UN Genreal Assembly in New York and signed an agreement to combat and counter cyber attacks.Asked if the close consultation with India on Afghanistan under the trilateral framework may result in Pakistan feeling isolated, Kerry said US appreciates Indias involvement in the war-torn country and Pakistan will not feel isolated but encouraged and workout a roadmap for itself in that country.The two sides also reaffirmed pledges to boost cooperation on climate change and clean energy development, including stepping up efforts on the previously agreed construction of six nuclear reactors by the US firm Westinghouse. MORE PTI PYK ZMNlast_img read more

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Protect your tools when the hardware bites back

first_imgI recently had an exciting experience where I was working with a client who was having I2C issues with a new board they had developed. To speed up the debugging process, I connected my I2C/SPI bus tool to their development board and custom-built hardware. Being able to view the I2C traffic would allow a quick resolution to why the board was not communicating as expected.After they made a few minor adjustments to their hardware, we applied power to the setup only to discover that nothing was functioning. As it turned out, a solder bridge had formed during the “quick” board modification, causing a short on I2C that applied 28 volts to the bus. The short managed to not only take out the custom hardware and a $300 development board, it also took out my $400 I2C/SPI tool. To help prevent readers from experiencing the same angst, today we will examine how developers can protect their tools and equipment that are connected over I2C, SPI and UART.Protecting I2C ToolsProtecting an I2C bus analyzer or host on the I2C bus is straightforward. There are basically two main components that are needed:A bi-directional I2C isolator that can support up to 1 Mbps data ratesA break-out boardA search at the readers favorite part supplier should reveal a dozen or more choices for potential isolates. Be careful when reading the datasheets! There are general purpose isolators that are unidirectional! In these cases, you might be able to monitor the bus but not write to it or vice-versa!One isolator that I’ve to be quite interesting and that I’m currently using to protect my I2C tool is the Texas Instruments ISO1540. The ISO1540 is an 8-pin SOIC that provides 2500 Vrms isolation between the two sides of the I2C bus. To protect the I2C bus tool, this or a similar chip would be soldered to a SOIC break-out board.  As can be seen in Figure 1, one side would be powered and connected to the electronics under development while the other side would be powered and connected to the I2C tool.Figure 1 – The Texas Instruments ISO1540 provides 2500 Vrms isolation on the I2C bus and can be used with datarates up to 1 Mbps. (Source: TI)Protecting SPI ToolsThe process for protecting the SPI bus is very similar to protecting the I2C bus. All one needs is a SPI isolator that can protect the MOSI, MISO and clock lines. In some circumstances, it may also be helpful to have an isolator that can isolate the slave select lines as well. There are basically two options to isolate the SPI tool. First, an isolator could be soldered onto a break-out board just as before or a developer could look for an isolator that has a ready-made development board. In this case, the development board acts as a break-out and there is no extra fuss for the developer.There are quite a few options out there for SPI isolators. A 3.75 kV isolator that I’ve started to use in the lab is an Analog Devices ADuM315x. The isolator supports clock rates up to 17 MHz and includes three lower data rate channels that can be used to address or protect multiple slave selects all within a single package. No matter which isolator is selected, it will remove the concern that a solder bridge or hardware failure will damage an expensive development tool.Protecting UART ToolsSeveral years ago, although it feels like just a few shorts months, I wrote an article for EDN.com entitled “Isolated USB-to-UART converter builds in 20 minutes for $20” and published a short video on how to build it that can be found here. It turns out that this is still a valid method that can be used to protect a computer and USB port from any unwanted electrical coupling that could cause damage. If you are interested in protecting your UART, I recommend that you check out those resources.ConclusionsI always advocate that developers isolate their test tools from the hardware that they are developing on. The reason is simple; working with untested, virgin hardware is a recipe for sparks to fly! You just don’t know what could go wrong and if it does, no developer wants their hard-earned development tools to go up in smoke. Protecting development tools is as simple as adding an isolator to the setup, which for all buses can be done in 20 minutes for less than $20 per bus.Take a few moments today to identify what critical path tools you have that should be isolated and develop a plan to protect them. Just a few minutes today can save you a huge headache later at a time when its least convenient. Jacob Beningo is an embedded software consultant, advisor and educator who currently works with clients in more than a dozen countries to dramatically transform their software, systems and processes. Feel free to contact him at jacob@beningo.com, at his website www.beningo.com, and sign-up for his monthly Embedded Bytes Newsletter. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Continue Reading Previous DATA MODUL: new digital signage concept for Eastern EuropeNext Industrial Internet Consortium and OpenFog Consortium unitelast_img read more

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Cara Johnstons Safety Message Has Impact

first_img An hour with Cara Johnston could save a life. One of Canada’s most sought-after motivational speakers, Ms.Johnston, 27, will be delivering her vital safety message tostudents in 10 schools across Nova Scotia. Her speaking tourbegan today, May 6, with stops at Oxford Regional High Schoolthis morning and South Colchester Academy in Brookfield at 1:45p.m. Ms. Johnston’s message is personal and powerful. She watched hertwin sister die in a high-speed car crash the day after their18th birthday. That tragedy could have been prevented. Today, Ms.Johnston’s willingness to share her story helps educate youngpeople about the choices they can make about driving, drugs, peerpressure and other life situations. Melissa MacAulay is student council vice-president at J.L. Ilsleyhigh school in Spryfield and a Grade 12 student who was impressedby Ms. Johnston’s story last year. “Cara talked about how important it is to make smart choices likealways wearing a seatbelt and not getting into a car with areckless or drinking driver. She spoke to us on our level and shedidn’t hold anything back. Her story is very touching. BringKleenex,” Melissa advised. Young drivers between 16 and 19 years of age are more than twiceas likely to be involved in a fatal collision and injured thanthe average driver in Nova Scotia. “When Cara Johnston speaks, people listen,” said Ron Russell,Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Her ability toreach young drivers makes her a life-saving messenger for safedriving.” This is the fourth year that Ms. Johnston, a native of Richmond,B.C., has brought her message to Nova Scotia teens. Her visit is sponsored by the Department of Transportation andPublic Works, the road safety advisory committee, Highway 104Western Alignment Corporation and Delphi-MRC. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Cara Johnston’s Safety Message HasImpactlast_img read more

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Coal workers to go on strike on September 24 over FDI in

first_imgKolkata: Five federations representing over half-a-million workers of Coal India Ltd, along with Singareni Collieries Company Ltd and state-owned coal firms, have called for a strike on September 24, seeking withdrawal of the Centre’s decision to allow 100 per cent FDI in mining. In a fresh round of FDI reforms, the Union government has allowed 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in coal mining and contract manufacturing, as part of its efforts to boost economic growth. Major central trade unions, including INTUC, AITUC, CITU, HMS and AICCTU, are supporting the strike. “Except Bharatiya Majdoor Sangh (BMS) under the BJP, all trade unions have joined the strike call on September 24,” D D Ramanandan, the general secretary of All India Coal Workers Federation, said.last_img read more

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Kenneys premiership poses challenges opportunity for Trudeau Scheer

first_imgOTTAWA — Attention is now turning to how Jason Kenney’s win in Alberta could impact the fall federal election.Political observers say Kenney, an outspoken and articulate former Stephen Harper cabinet minister, creates threats and opportunities for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer ahead of the fall campaign.Kenney has made it clear he plans to fiercely challenge Trudeau on issues including the carbon tax and equalization payments, and so far has pummelled the Liberals on the former, says former federal Conservative cabinet minister Stockwell Day.Day says the premier-designate is also poised to be a national voice defending areas of provincial jurisdiction.Abacus Data chief executive David Coletto says Kenney intends to be a thorn in the prime minister’s side, but that could give Trudeau an opening to convince voters it is necessary to elect a federal government to act as a counterpoint to Conservative politicians across the country.But Kenney has also picked on issues that could be difficult for Scheer to navigate on a national stage, says University of Alberta political scientist Jared Wesley, including demands to change the equalization formula that most federal politicians avoid discussing,The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Champagne Taittinger and the Screen Actors Guild Awards Announce New Initiative to

first_imgThe SAG-AFTRA Foundation and the Screen Actors Guild Awards today announced Champagne Taittinger is sponsoring a new initiative that will raise additional funds for the Foundation’s critical Emergency Assistance program, which supports actors and their families in times of urgent need.This initiative is an expansion of the support Champagne Taittinger provides to the Foundation to fund all of its programs, a partnership which celebrates its 17th year in 2017.As part of this commitment, Champagne Taittinger and the SAG-AFTRA Foundation will ask every nominee for the 23rd Annual SAG Awards to autograph a Methuselah bottle of Champagne Taittinger they will pass as they enter the Showroom to attend the ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. For every signature, Champagne Taittinger will make a further donation to the Foundation’s Emergency Assistance program. In addition, the unique celebrity-signed bottle will be made available as an item in the online SAG Awards Ceremony Auction, with those proceeds also benefiting the Foundation’s Emergency Assistance program.In what is now a long-standing tradition, that famous SAG Awards red carpet will officially open with a toast from Vitalie Taittinger, daughter of the current champagne house’s president Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger.“Champagne Taittinger is thrilled to continue to build and strengthen our partnership with the SAG Awards and the SAG-AFTRA Foundation by supporting such an important cause,” says Vitalie Taittinger, who serves as Vice President of marketing and communication for the brand. “We are honored to give back to the talented and growing community of actors that the Foundation advocates for.”During times of crisis, the Foundation’s Emergency Assistance program provides financial assistance to eligible SAG-AFTRA members and their families for basic expenses, including but not limited to rent, utilities and car insurance. This program is 100 percent confidential and made possible through gifts, grants and sponsorships. In 2016, the Foundation granted $400,000 in emergency assistance to SAG-AFTRA members and families in need.“Not only does Champagne Taittinger care about the arts, it also cares about the artists and the families who make up this industry,” says JoBeth Williams, President of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. “It’s extremely difficult to make a steady living as a working actor, and this new initiative and support from Champagne Taittinger exemplifies their deep commitment to actors and performers, not just in the good times, but also during times of real struggle. We could not be more grateful for their support and look forward to continuing our 17-year partnership for many years to come.”Since 1985, the Foundation has granted more than $18 million in financial and medical assistance to SAG-AFTRA members and their families.The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationwide on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT).last_img read more

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NDP MP calls for Conservative Senator to resign after residential school comments

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN National NewsNDP MP Romeo Saganash is calling on Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak to resign after comments she made about residential schools.Saganash, the Member of Parliament for Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou, and a residential school survivor.On Wednesday night, Beyak stood in the Senate chamber and told her colleagues that the media was only reporting on the bad news stories coming from the residential school issue and not the good that some people did.afrancis@aptn.calast_img read more

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Chennai Magistrate begins probe on Lankans death

Judicial Magistrate, P Vidhya, visited family members and recorded their statements. She also visited the morgue at Government Royapettah Hospital where the body of the deceased was kept and examined the body and recording any injuries on the body. Ahead of the judge’s arrival at Royapettah morgue, members of VCK and MDMK staged a protest. The protesters were pacified by the cops and dispersed allowing the inquiry of the Judicial Magistrate to be done without hindrance.Sumitra, sister-in-law of the deceased, said that the deceased was living in the city for about 15 years. His first wife is in Sri Lanka and the family is planning to bury the body here at the Krishnampet burial ground. (Colombo Gazette) Chennai Judicial Magistrate, Alandur, P Vidhya, began investigation into a Sri Lankan Tamil person’s death from injuries allegedly sustained while in custody with the Chennai city police, the New Indian Express reported.Various political outfits including VCK and MDMK have demanded that the police inspector be booked under murder charges. On Friday, K Mohan, (45), a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee and resident of Ram Garden, Medavakkam, died in a private hospital after custodial interrogation at the Pallikaranai police station. Mohan was initially arrested by a team from the Central Crime Branch (CCB) and later handed over to Pallikaranai Police. A case of custodial death was registered by Pallikaranai police requiring a judicial probe as mandated by Criminal Procedure Code. Advocate Jayavel who was representing the family of the deceased told Express that the entire process of the post-mortem was being videographed.Meanwhile, a section of pro-Tamil outfits attempted to storm the Pallikaranai police station seeking action against the cops responsible for the death. read more

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MR accuses Government of halting development

He also accused the Government of placing the country in the throes of an unprecedented crisis due to economic mismanagement. Rajapaksa also said that Lanka Hospitals, Hilton Hotel, Waters Edge, Grand Oriental Hotel and Mobitel are profitable enterprises that contribute to the non-tax revenue of the Government should not be sold off.“I also cannot agree to the proposal to allow land to be given on long leases to foreigners without the taxes introduced by my Government. The last time the UNP government liberalised land ownership, the Galle Fort and a good part of the Southern coastline passed out of Sri Lankan hands. This kind of policy may bring in some foreign exchange in the short term, but will have serious long term implications,” he added. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says since the change of Government, there has been a palpable downturn in the economy and work on many development projects have halted.Speaking at the Abhayarama Temple in Narahenpita Rajapaksa said that not a single new development project has been initiated since January this year. “The new Government’s first fully fledged budget for the year 2016 comes in such a context. This budget seeks to make certain radical changes which raise serious concerns. Foremost among the budget proposals that I am unable to agree with is the sweeping programme of privatisation. Strategic government owned entities such as the Norochchcolai power plant, the hydro electricity plants, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, operations of the Hambantota and Colombo ports, the Katunayake and Mattala Airports the Water Supply and Drainage Board and all such bodies are to be brought under one public quoted company, the shares of which will be sold to investors on the stock market and this mega company is to operate as a profit making business. I believe that public utilities like water, electricity, transport and fuel supply should not be run as profit making businesses, but as services to the people. Charges for these services should be fixed with the wellbeing of the public in mind. Therefore I am opposed to the privatisation of these strategic government owned entities,” he said. Rajapaksa says the approach of the budget is not consistent with the ideology of the SLFP even though the SLFP is supposed to be a partner in the Government.The former President says despite an attempt to create an impression of a populist budget with reductions in the price of gas and several foodstuffs and lower income tax rates, the budget as a whole is guaranteed to drag the country backwards. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Government has no objections to Eluga Tamil rally

He said that if others, including the opposition can hold a rally in Colombo then there is nothing wrong in anyone holding a rally in the North and East. “There is no need to worry about that,” the Minister told journalists today. The Government says it has no objections to the ‘Eluga Tamil’ rally held in Batticaloa last Friday.Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that the freedom given to hold the rally shows the freedom the public enjoy in the country. Several Tamil politicians, including those from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) took part in the rally.Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran also took part in the rally and addressed the participants later. (Colombo Gazette) The Minister said that today people from the North have the freedom to stage a rally in the South and those from the South can hold a rally in the North.Large crowds gathered at the ‘Eluga Tamil’ rally in Batticaloa on Friday which was staged to draw attention to the issues faced by the Tamils. read more

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Make Sunday an important celebration of democracy UN chief urges voters in

The UN Stabilization Mission in the country, MINUSMA, has been busy providing logistical support to the Government of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, especially in the restive north and centre, where an alliance of militant Islamists and Tuareg rebels have been launching attacks with increasing frequency and ferocity against government troops and UN peacekeepers.When the current President was elected in 2013, his administration replaced a transitional government which had wrested back control – with international support – of the outlying regions following a failed coup, that saw the iconic and ancient city of Timbuktu occupied by militants. Dozens of UN peacekeepers have made the ultimate sacrifice defending Mali’s fragile recovery in recent years.In a statement issued by his Deputy Spokesperson on Saturday in New York, Secretary-General António Guterres, said that he was “closely following developments” this weekend.Maintain the peaceful course, thereby ensuring that Sunday’s elections serve as an important celebration of democracy – UN chief Guterres“On the eve of these polls, which are important for peace and reconciliation in Mali, the Secretary-General is encouraged by the overall peaceful climate that has characterized the electoral campaign to date, despite continued security challenges in the north and center of the country”, said the statement.Mr. Guterres – who made a landmark visit to the country two months ago – called on “all Malians to maintain the peaceful course, thereby ensuring that Sunday’s elections serve as an important celebration of democracy.”He urged all of the candidates and other political actors “to commit to making this poll a peaceful, free and transparent process, and to resolve any possible dispute through the appropriate institutions in accordance with the law.”On Friday, the head of MINUSMA, Mahamat Saleh Annadif told the mission’s Radio Mikado that although tensions are high and the threat of attacks persist, the result had to be respected if democratic rule was to be viewed as “irreversible”.The mission has been providing transportation to candidates, training and support for officials involved in the democratic process, and distributed 200 tonnes of electoral material, mainly to remote areas where the political process is most vulnerable to abuse, and voters are most likely to feel intimidated going to the polls.“The Secretary-General stresses that peace and reconciliation for all Malian citizens must prevail, irrespective of the electoral outcome” said the statement, reiterating the UN’s commitment overall, to keep supporting the electoral process in the weeks and months ahead. read more

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Be Wary Of These Overachievers When Filling Out Your Bracket

Largely disregarded going into the season, Northern Iowa and Butler have put together great years. Butler, unranked nationally and picked to finish seventh in the 10-team Big East back in October, placed second in the conference and finished 22nd in both the AP and Coaches’ polls. Northern Iowa exceeded expectations by an even greater margin, finishing 12th in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings (with a gaudy 30-3 record) despite being pegged for 74th in the preseason.Looking ahead to the NCAA tournament, the way both teams are seeded makes them favored to win at least one tournament game, with a puncher’s chance at even more.Great story, right? Well, sure, but our research has shown that even after a stellar season, it’s hard for such teams to completely shake off their humble beginnings. While a team’s statistical power rating will tend to stabilize late in the season, the residue of preseason expectations seems to have a lingering effect.To illustrate, I compiled pre-tourney Simple Rating System (SRS) grades for every NCAA tournament-bound team since the dawn of the 64-team-bracket era in 1985. I also crafted preseason projected SRS scores for each school using a weighted, regressed-to-the-mean average of its SRS ratings over the preceding two seasons.1For the curious: I gave a weight of 67 percent to the previous year’s score, 22 percent to the team’s score for the year before that, and 11 percent to the NCAA-average SRS score of zero. When attempting to predict the outcome of a given NCAA tournament game, the difference between a team’s seasonal SRS rating and that of its opponent clearly carries the greatest weight. But the difference between the teams’ preseason SRS projections can also alter a team’s probability of winning a tournament game by as many as 5 percentage points.This dynamic even extends to highly ranked teams such as Maryland, who finished 8th in the final AP poll after beginning the year unranked. Teams of that ilk have historically won about 25 percent fewer NCAA tournament games than they ought to have, given where they were seeded. And our model says the Terrapins are on the same track; while No. 4 seeds traditionally win about 1.5 games per tournament, our model projects an average of just 1.2 wins for Maryland in this year’s tournament.So, including Northern Iowa, Butler and Maryland, who are this year’s overachievers to be wary of? Here are this year’s teams, ranked by whose preseason rating differed the most from the non-preseason components of their overall FiveThirtyEight power rating:Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

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FMG to transition to owner mining at Christmas Creek

first_imgFortescue Metals Group (FMG) will transition to a full owner operator model at its Christmas Creek mining operations. This change will take full effect from the completion of the current mining services contract with Downer EDI Limited (Downer) which ends on 30 September 2016.A comprehensive change management plan has been developed which will allow for the safe and orderly changeover of operations. Production from Christmas Creek is not expected to be impacted during the transition.Chief Executive Officer Nev Power thanked Downer for its significant contribution to Fortescue’s successful operations at the Christmas Creek mine.“The Downer team has been involved with mining at Christmas Creek since the outset and has played an important role in Fortescue’s development of our worldclass facilities in the Chichester Hub,” Power said.“Adoption of an owner operator model will further reduce Fortescue’s costs through ongoing improvement of the efficiency and productivity of our Christmas Creek mining operations”.Power said “Our clear focus remains on safety, production and costs. Our ability to generate strong earnings and cash flow will enable further improvement in our balance sheet and return to our shareholders.”The Chichester Hub in the Chichester ranges, comprising of the Cloudbreak and Christmas Creek mines, has an annual production capacity in excess of 90 Mt/y from three Ore Processing Facilities (OPFs).last_img read more

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Paris facing biggest strike in over a decade as metro workers walk

first_img Fri 12:00 PM 17 Comments Ten of 16 lines are not running during the strike action. Short URL Image: Bertrand Combaldieu PARIS METRO AND public transport workers have downed tools and walked out today in a dispute over a planned pension overhaul. It has brought many parts of the city to a standstill, causing huge traffic jams and forcing many to stay home for the day. Ten of the city’s 16 metro lines were shut down completely, while service on most others was “extremely disrupted” the RATP transit operator said. Massive crowds waited on the platforms of the few lines still working and officials reported some 200km of traffic backups during the morning rush hour, twice the length of normal levels. The city’s burgeoning cycle lane system was seeing a surge in traffic as people pulled out bikes to get to work.Two of the three main suburban lines traversing the city were also severely disrupted, as were most bus and tram services.Die Sokhanadu, 25, was stuck at a station on line 12 on his way to work on restoration of the Notre-Dame cathedral in the heart of the city.“If the metro doesn’t start running, I’m going to have to head home,” he told AFP.Others worried about their evening commutes, with the RATP warning that only lines 1 and 14 – the only two which function autonomously, without drivers – would be operating after 8pm.The RATP warned commuters on Thursday to try and find travel alternatives and said it was financing free 30-minute rides on the Cityscoot network of electric mopeds.US ride-hailing giant Uber is also hoping to seize the moment with two free 15-minute rides offered on the Jump electric bikes and scooters it has deployed in Paris.The strike is the first major action against President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to implement a “universal” pension system that would do away with dozens of separate schemes for different professions.Metro workers and other critics say it would force them to work longer by removing their long-held rights to early retirement, secured decades ago to compensate for arduous work often involving long hours underground.France’s state auditor, the Cour des Comptes, says the average retirement age for RATP workers in 2017 was 55.7, compared with 63 years for most French workers.The three main RATP labour unions have called the strike “a shot across the bow” against the overhaul, the latest element in Macron’s push to bolster France’s economy and finances with a wide-ranging reform plan.Shaping upIt is shaping up to be the biggest metro strike since 2007, when former president Nicolas Sarkozy pushed through a pension reform that delayed the retirement age for most public workers.During his 2017 presidential campaign, Macron pledged not to touch the current earliest legal retirement age of 62 for most workers.But Jean-Paul Delevoye, who is leading the reform project, has suggested a points system that would effectively wipe out the more advantageous pensions for a wide range of professions, including those for sailors, notaries and even Paris Opera workers.More controversially, Delevoye has also proposed making a full pension available only from 64 — people who retire earlier would have to accept a lower pension: 5% less for someone who stops working at 63, for example.“We’re going to construct a truly universal system where every euro paid in will provide the same rights for everyone, whether a labourer, a shop owner, a researcher, a farmer, a civil servant, a doctor or an entrepreneur,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said in a speech Thursday.Consultations are currently being held with labour unions and the government wants parliament to vote on the project early next year.The government is likely to face further opposition to its plans in coming weeks, with lawyers, airline pilots and stewards, and medical workers already calling a strike for Monday. Friday 13 Sep 2019, 12:00 PM Ten of 16 lines are not running during the strike action. Image: Bertrand Combaldieucenter_img 10,973 Views Share97 Tweet Email Paris facing biggest strike in over a decade as metro workers walk out over pension dispute The city has come to a standstill in parts with cars sitting bumper to bumper and cycle lanes lined with commuters. By AFP https://jrnl.ie/4807564 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Fort raises spirits with 1840s Christmas

first_imgChristmas at Fort Vancouver was a holiday tradition in the 1840s, and it seems to be a tradition again for many local residents.The annual celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the reconstructed fur-trade fort, 1001 E. Fifth St.It will headline a program that includes two events at the Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. — a Celebration of Birds and the opening of a new exhibit, The River People.Regular entrance fees to the fort will apply.Admission to the Visitor Center is always free.During Christmas at Fort Vancouver, costumed volunteers will provide the sights and sounds of an 1840s fur trade celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Day. It was one of the few times a year that the Hudson’s Bay Company granted leave to all employees. Many spent their time off hunting or fishing, and all would celebrate together by dining and dancing in the fort, according to company archives.Visitors will hear caroling by the Madrigal Singers, drink holiday apple wassail and watch games, demonstrations and dancing.There will be several ongoing Victorian-era craft activities, with the park providing materials for visitors to make wooden toy tops, wreaths and potpourri ornaments.“Families often share with us that making Victorian crafts here has become a holiday tradition,” Superintendent Tracy Fortmann said in a news release.At the Visitor Center:Celebration of Birds, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Special activities for children include building a wooden bird house (limited quantities) and making a pinecone bird feeder. Visitors may enjoy a cup of hot cider and shop for holiday gifts at the Friends of Fort Vancouver Gift Shop.The River People, 2 p.m.: An exhibit featuring work by guest artist Pat Courtney Gold will open. Her creations reflect the traditions of the Wasco Nation. Her work is in collections at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Peabody Museum at Harvard University, the Burke Museum in Seattle and the British Museum. There also will be a talk by the artist and a short documentary film highlighting her work.last_img read more

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Trumps new 10 tariff on China could mean pricier phones consoles laptops

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sprint 1:21 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Comment See It Share your voice Best Buy $999 Computers Consoles Components Tablets Phones Stock Market See It See It $999center_img Boost Mobile $999 Tags See it $999 AutoComplete: Chinese tariffs on US vehicles going away,… Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X PlayStations made in China could cost more.  James Martin/CNET US President Donald Trump announced plans Thursday to levy an additional 10% in tariffs against another $300 billion in Chinese goods starting Sep. 1. In a tweet, Trump said this would not include the $250 billion worth of Chinese goods already tariffed at 25%. The tariffs could result in pricier gaming consoles, iPhones and laptops, given that many tech companies using components manufactured in China.”We thought we had a deal with China three months ago, but sadly, China decided to re-negotiate the deal prior to signing. More recently, China agreed to buy agricultural product from the U.S. in large quantities, but did not do so,” Trump tweeted. Earlier in the week, a US delegation met with Chinese trade officials for the first time since the countries reached a truce at the June G-20 Summit, where China committed to buying more US agricultural exports. The day’s 300-point gain in the Dow Jones Industrial Average was largely erased following the announcement. Similar drops were seen in the Nasdaq Composite and S&P 500, dampening enthusiastic spurred by the first cut to interest rates by the Federal Reserve in over a decade.  Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 1 Apple iPhone XS Donald Trumplast_img read more

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3 killed in gunfights with law enforcers

first_imgThree persons were killed in what the law enforcement called separate incidents of gunfights in the capital, Munshiganj and Rangpur on Tuesday, reports UNB.In Dhaka, a man was killed after members of Rapid Action Battalion-1 engaged in a gunfight between a group of people, described as drug dealers, by the RAB at Dumni in 300-Feet area in the morning.The identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.RAB seized yaba pills, a foreign pistol and bullets from the spot.In Munshiganj, a man accused in 11 drug cases was killed in a reported gunfight in Ramsingh area in sadar upazila in the early hours of Tuesday.The deceased was identified as Md Sujon Miah, 36, son of Md Mosharraf Hossain of Gobindanagar.RAB-11 police superintendent Enayet Mannan said, they raided the area acting on a tip off. Sujon and his cohorts fired at RAB, triggering a gunfight.Later, RAB took bullet-hit Sujon to Munshiganj General Hospital where the physician pronounced him dead.A pistol, five bullets, and 1,000 yaba pills were recovered from the spot.In Rangpur, a man accused in a number of cases including rape, murder and abduction, was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police at Purba Echli village in Gangachora upazila around 1:30am.The man was Shahidul Islam Sumon, 35, son of Maheswar Ali, a resident of Ranodeshwar village in Kaliganj upazila of Lalmonirhat.Additional police superintendent Saifur Rahman said that when a police team signalled a motorcycle to stop, the two riders opened fire, triggering a gunfight.Sumon, who suffered gunshot wounds, was arrested after the skirmish but his partner managed to flee. He died when being taken to Rangpur Medical College Hospital.Police recovered a one-shooter gun and 22 yaba pills from the spot. Gunfight Illustrationlast_img read more

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